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Latest news: 04-26-2010

NM receives funds for rural methamphetamine fight

Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico has been chosen as 1 of 7 states participating in a new effort to strengthen responses to drug abuse in rural areas. According to the National Association of Counties, 47 percent of county sheriffs say methamphetamine is their top drug problem. The association also says 62 percent of counties with populations of less than 25,000 report an increase in meth abuse by women. The 2-year Rural Law Enforcement Methamphetamine Initiative is funded by stimulus funds and administered under the Department of Justice. The program is expected to focus on several priorities to strengthen responses in rural communities, including intercepting methamphetamine production and distribution, coordinating statewide law enforcement efforts, developing strategies to reduce gangs and improving access to prevention, treatment and recovery services.


16 arrested in Navajo meth ring

Flagstaff, AZ - Sixteen people arrested in Arizona Friday allegedly were part of the largest methamphetamine trafficking ring on Navajo tribal lands, authorities said. The U.S. Justice Department said in a release the arrests were the culmination of a yearlong undercover investigation in the Navajo Nation. "We have absolute zero-tolerance for meth sales on tribal nations, where this drug has done so much damage and is a known driver of violent crime," said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke for the District of Arizona. "This joint investigation by the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs ... and the Flagstaff Police Department targeted what we believe to be the largest meth distribution cell in the Navajo Nation, with a supply-line stretching all the way from Tuba City to the Phoenix metropolitan area."

Full story, United Press International

Calif. county drug cases could be tainted in lab probe

CA - About 550 Merced County drug cases may have been tainted by a crime lab analyst under investigation for tampering with methamphetamine evidence at the Central Valley Crime Lab in Ripon, District Attorney Larry Morse II said Friday. "Some we'll undoubtedly have to dump," Morse said. "We certainly don't want any tainted convictions. If there's even a hint of skepticism of how legitimate a conviction is, we're going to undo it." In Stanislaus County, about 2,400 cases are affected, District Attorney Birgit Fladager said. They include more than just meth cases, but also charges and convictions going four years back for prescription drugs, marijuana, cocaine and other illegal substances.

Full story, the Merced Sun-Star

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